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Article: Assessing the walking speed of older adults: The influence of walkway length

TitleAssessing the walking speed of older adults: The influence of walkway length
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherLippincott Williams & Wilkins. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.amjphysmedrehab.com
Citation
American Journal Of Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation, 2013, v. 92 n. 9, p. 776-780 How to Cite?
AbstractOBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of walkway length (5, 8, or 10 m) on measurements of comfortable and maximum walking speed in healthy older adults. DESIGN: In this cross-sectional study at a university-based rehabilitation center, 25 healthy older adults (mean age, 60.3 ± 8.3 yrs) participated in timed walking at both comfortable and maximum speeds with different walkway lengths (5-, 8-, and 10-m walkway distances) measured by a stopwatch. RESULTS: Walkway length did not affect either comfortable walking speed (P = 0.319) or maximum walking speed (P = 0.568). For all walkway lengths, comfortable speed was significantly different from maximum speed (P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Different walkway lengths (5, 8, and 10 m) do not affect both comfortable and maximum walking speed and can yield consistent results in measuring gait speed clinically. A 5-m walkway with standardized 2-m acceleration and 2-m deceleration distances is recommended because it occupies less space and imposes less stress on the healthy older adults.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/184226
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.064
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.804
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dc.contributor.authorLee, CYWen_US
dc.contributor.authorNg, ESWen_US
dc.contributor.authorTong, MHWen_US
dc.contributor.authorFong, SSMen_US
dc.contributor.authorTsang, WWNen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-25T03:02:21Z-
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dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationAmerican Journal Of Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation, 2013, v. 92 n. 9, p. 776-780en_US
dc.identifier.issn0894-9115en_US
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dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of walkway length (5, 8, or 10 m) on measurements of comfortable and maximum walking speed in healthy older adults. DESIGN: In this cross-sectional study at a university-based rehabilitation center, 25 healthy older adults (mean age, 60.3 ± 8.3 yrs) participated in timed walking at both comfortable and maximum speeds with different walkway lengths (5-, 8-, and 10-m walkway distances) measured by a stopwatch. RESULTS: Walkway length did not affect either comfortable walking speed (P = 0.319) or maximum walking speed (P = 0.568). For all walkway lengths, comfortable speed was significantly different from maximum speed (P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Different walkway lengths (5, 8, and 10 m) do not affect both comfortable and maximum walking speed and can yield consistent results in measuring gait speed clinically. A 5-m walkway with standardized 2-m acceleration and 2-m deceleration distances is recommended because it occupies less space and imposes less stress on the healthy older adults.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherLippincott Williams & Wilkins. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.amjphysmedrehab.comen_US
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dc.titleAssessing the walking speed of older adults: The influence of walkway lengthen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1097/PHM.0b013e31828769d0en_US
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